On August 30th, 2010, a very special rendition of Bob Marley's "Is This Love", performed by Bilal, was recorded in Los Angeles.
It was a very special day. Perfect weather, a studio reminiscent of a studio in Capitol Records during the 60's, a great cast of musicians... the stars aligned and this video was made.
Plug Research approached Bilal and Miguel separately with the idea of doing cover songs. Since they're both friends and admire one another's work, (Bilal performed at Timeless: Suite for MaDukes), it was a easy match.
It was Bilal's idea to work on "Is This Love." Miguel booked the talented cast of musicians, many he had worked with before, and wrote the basic charts. Bilal made sure to get the sound he was looking for.
A couple of songs were recorded during this session... So if you're interested to hear how Bilal's renditions of Soft Cells "Tainted Love" turned out, or even Portisheads "Strangers"... well you'll just have to check back. But for now, enjoy Bilal's rendition of Bob Marley's "Is This Love."
Airtight's Revenge on Plug Research is Bilal's first album in 10 years. Make sure to get a copy of it by going to itunes.
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (musical director, violin)
Om'Mas Keith (piano)
Dennis Hamm (rhodes)
Brandon Coleman (organ)
Marcel Camargo (guitar)
Gabe Noel (bass)
Gene Coye (drums)
Allakoi Peete (percussion)
Executive Producer: Tom Bacon
Produced By: Andrew Lojero
Shot by: Greg Ponstingl and Denny Kim
Edited by Greg Ponstingl
Recorded by Benjamin Tierney
Mixed by: Benjamin Tierney & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson